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Geologic datasets for weights of evidence analysis in northeast Washington--3. Minerals-related permits on national forests, 1967 to 1998
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Frequently anticipated questions:
Geologic datasets for weights of evidence analysis in northeast
Washington--3. Minerals-related permits on national forests, 1967
Permits to explore for and (or) develop mineral resources on
Federal lands can be used to indicate locations and types of
mineral-related activities on national forests. Permits for these
activities require filing of a Notice of Intent to conduct mineral
exploration activities and (or) a Plan of Operation, if
significant land disturbance results. This compilation of notices
and plans for the Colville, Kaniksu, Okanogan, and Wenatchee
national forests between 1967 and 1998 is intended for use in
combination with geologic and economic information to predict
future mineral-related activities in the region.
This dataset consists of one Excel 97 spreadsheet file
(of99-414.xls) which contains information about permits on
national forest lands in northeast Washington State.
- How might this data set be cited?
Boleneus, David, 1999, Geologic datasets for weights of evidence analysis in northeast Washington--3. Minerals-related permits on national forests, 1967 to 1998: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report OF99-414, U.S. Geological Survey, Spokane WA.
- What geographic area does the data set cover?
- What does it look like?
- Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?
- Calendar_Date: 1998Currentness_Reference: Date that data were collected and compiled.
- What is the general form of this data set?
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: Excel 97 spreadsheet
- How does the data set represent geographic features?
- How are geographic features stored in the data set?
This is a Point data set.
It contains the following vector data types (SDTS terminology):
- What coordinate system is used to represent geographic features?
Horizontal positions are specified in geographic coordinates, that is, latitude and longitude.
Latitudes are given to the nearest 1.
Longitudes are given to the nearest 1.
Latitude and longitude values are specified in Decimal degrees.
- How does the data set describe geographic features?
The data set for "Geologic datasets for weights of evidence
analysis in northeast Washington--3. Minerals-related permits on
national forests, 1967 to 1998" consists of one Excel 97
workbook, "of99-414.xls", which is displayed as Table 1 in the
Definitions of fields in the "of99-414.xls" sheet in the
workbook are given below:
Permit number--Plan or notice number (as designated by this
Type--Plan or Notice
Forest--Name of forest containing plan or
Company--Name of applicant or company conducting the work
Primary commodity--Primary commodity (e.g. Au, Ag, Pb...)
All commodities--All commodities given as object of plan or notice
Latitude--Latitude of point at center of nearest section
Longitude--Longitude of point at center of nearest section
Purpose--Purpose of plan or notice assigned by applicant
Project--Project name assigned by applicant
Start year--First year permit was issued
End year--Last year permit was issued
District--Forest district where permit is located
Local no.--Tracking number used by U.S. Forest Service
Region--U.S. Forest Service region number
Township--Township number (N) in Washington (Willamette meridian)
Range--Range number (E) in Washington (Willamette meridian)
Assumed section--Section arbitrarily decided as centroid from
which the latitude and longitude were calculated using the
freeware script, "trs2ll" (M.Wefald, written commun.)
All Sections--Sections within the township-range containing plan
Subdivision--Subdivision of section, when available
- Who are the originators of the data set? (may include formal authors, digital compilers, and editors)
- Who also contributed to the data set?
David Boleneus compiled the data in digital form from U.S. Forest
Service files. Compilation included removal of duplicate records
and verifying latitude-longitude location. Points of
latitude-longitude are located to the center of the nearest
section and were calculated from Township-Range-Section data using
the freeware script "trs2ll" (M. Wefald, written commun.).
- To whom should users address questions about the data?
David E. Boleneus
U.S. Geological Survey
904 W. Riverside Ave., Rm. 202
This dataset was developed to provide mineral resource data for
the region of northeast WA for use in future spatial analysis by a
variety of users.
This database is not meant to be used or displayed at any scale
larger than 1:24,000.
- From what previous works were the data drawn?
- U.S. Forest Service, unpublished data (source 1 of 1)
USFS, unpublished, unpublished data from U.S. Forest Service files.
Type_of_Source_Media: paper files consisting of text dating to as old as 1967.
U.S. Forest Service contributed files compiled by various district
employees responsible for minerals activity on forest lands. These
files were the sole source of data in Open-File Report 99-414.
- How were the data generated, processed, and modified?
- Date: January 1998 to December 1998 (process 1 of 2)
Data were collected from USFS files and allocated to various fields
(categories) in an Excel 97 spreadsheet. Categories of data are
given in the description of Table 1 in Open-File Report 99-414
(Boleneus, 1999) at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/1999/0414a/
- Date: 16-Nov-1999 (process 2 of 2)
Creation of original metadata record
Person who carried out this activity:
U.S. Geological Survey
Attn: David E. Boleneus
904 West Riverside Avenue, Rm. 202
- What similar or related data should the user be aware of?
- How well have the observations been checked?
Attribute accuracy was verified by manual comparison of location of
Plan of Operation or Notice of Intent obtained from US Forest
Service files, where possible. Attribute accuracy was not verified
on the the ground.
- How accurate are the geographic locations?
The horizontal positional accuracy for the digital data was checked
against the original file data. Latitude-longitude points were
calculated from Township-Range-Section given in U.S. Forest Service
files. The accuracy of the file data was accepted and were not
checked on the ground. Points of latitude-longitude are located to
the center of the nearest sectoin and were calculated from
Township-Range-Section data using the freeware script "trs2ll" (M.
Wefald, written commun.). The area of each permit may occupy a
larger area than depicted by the point location represented by the
latitude and longitude location. The point location occurs
somewhere within the boundaries of the larger area represented by
the entire permit area boundary.
- How accurate are the heights or depths?
- Where are the gaps in the data? What is missing?
This digital dataset was produced from unpublished U.S. Forest
Service files and is considered to be a unique mineral resource
dataset for the area.
- How consistent are the relationships among the observations, including topology?
Point data is given in latitude and longitude
Are there legal restrictions on access or use of the data?
This digital database is not meant to be used or displayed at
any scale larger than 1:24,000. The user may need to contact the
local Forest Service office for updates on Plans of Operation or
Notices of Intention.
Any hardcopies utilizing these data sets shall clearly indicate
their source. If the user has modified the data in any way they
are obligated to describe the types of modifications they have
performed on the hardcopy map. User specifically agrees not to
misrepresent these data sets, nor to imply that changes they
made were approved by the U.S. Geological Survey.
These data are not meant to be displayed at any scale larger than
1:24,000 (e.g., 1:12,000 or 1:2,000).
- Who distributes the data set? (Distributor 1 of 1)
U.S. Geological Survey Information Services
Open-File Reports, Box 25286
- What's the catalog number I need to order this data set?
- What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) provides these geographic data
"as is." The USGS makes no guarantee or warranty concerning the
accuracy of information contained in the geographic data. The USGS
further makes no warranties, either expressed or implied as to any
other matter whatsoever, including, without limitation, the
condition of the product, or its fitness for any particular
purpose. The burden for determining fitness for use lies entirely
with the user. Although these data have been processed
successfully on computers at the USGS, no warranty, expressed or
implied, is made by the USGS regarding the use of these data on any
other system, nor does the fact of distribution constitute or imply
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In no event shall the USGS have any liability whatsoever for
payment of any consequential, incidental, indirect, special, or
tort damages of any kind, including, but not limited to, any loss
of profits arising out of use of or reliance on the geographic data
or arising out of the delivery, installation, operation, or support
These data are not meant to be displayed at any scale larger than
1:24,000 (e.g., 1:12,000 or 1:2,000),
- How can I download or order the data?
- Availability in digital form:
- Cost to order the data: none
- Last modified: 05-Feb-2016
Last Reviewed: 17-Nov-1999
- Metadata author:
Peter N Schweitzer
USGS Midwest Area
Mail Stop 954
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr
- Metadata standard:
- Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)
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